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Grantee in the News:  Donovan Maust in NY Times on rise of older adults using multiple psychotropics

Feb 23
2017

Grantee in the News: Donovan Maust in NY Times on rise of older adults using multiple psychotropics View MoreBACK

A February 13, 2017 article in The New York Times highlighted research led by 2014 Beeson Scholar Donovan T. Maust, MD.

In “Sharp Rise Reported in Older Americans’ Use of Multiple Psychotropic Drugs,” the Times notes:

The research team, led by Dr. Donovan T. Maust of the University of Michigan and Dr. Mark Olfson of Columbia University, analyzed data from annual government surveys of office-based doctors. The team focused on office visits by people 65 or older that resulted in the prescribing of at least three of a list of psychiatric, sleep and pain medications like Valium, Prozac, OxyContin and Ambien. It found that the overall number of such visits increased to 3.68 million in 2013 from 1.5 million in 2004 — nearly a 150 percent increase, partly because the population is aging but mostly because of an increased percentage of prescribing multiple medications.

Read the full article here.

Dr. Donovan T. Maust is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan .


Learn more about Dr. Maust’s Beeson-supported research in this report





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